The Republican Party of Virginia is facing criticism after nominating three anti-gay candidates to lead the state.

The candidates were nominated at the party's nomination convention held on Saturday.

Ken Cuccinelli, the state's current attorney general, as expected was chosen as the party's nominee for governor in 2013. Bishop E.W. Jackson was nominated for lieutenant governor and state Senator Mark Obenshain for attorney general.

Jackson, a Marine Corp veteran and a Harvard Law School graduate, is considered the ticket's most controversial figure for describing homosexuality as “poison,” comparing Democrats to slave masters and arguing that Planned Parenthood is more damaging to African-Americans than the KKK.

Last year, in an interview with Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Jackson said that gay men and lesbians have “perverted” minds and are “very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.”

“Homosexuality is a horrible sin, it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of,” he said.

In October, Jackson criticized President Barack Obama for endorsing gay marriage and predicted that African-American voters would “overwhelmingly” vote against the president as a result.